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Liverpool Marriott Hotel South (Liverpool)
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Liverpool Marriott Hotel South (Liverpool)
Advantages: Near the airport, nice breakfast
Disadvantages: The other guests?
The Mariott South Hotel is sort of an airport hotel at Liverpool John Lennon. I say sort of because itīs nearby (5 minutes drive) but not attached to the airport per se, nor walkable with luggage of a weight that Ryanair will subsequently tell you off for. I stayed there because I had a flight to come over here to Spain at stupid o clock, and the choice was either get an even stupider o clock bus from Manchester the next morning, or stay the night.
The hotel offers free airport pick ups and drop offs, and I took advantage of this service. I got off the Manchester bus and gave them a call, and they were with me very quickly. They pick up and drop off sensibly enough in the pick up and drop off bit of the short stay carpark which is just across from the terminal. Even though I was just one person (albeit with an apparantly too heavy bag), and they asked me this on the phone, they still sent the minibus, which made me wonder why they asked, and if they had a super dooper proper bus for large parties.
I checked in reasonably easily, though the reception only had one person on it and it took a few minutes since I was behind a few families queing for towels for the pool. I had a room on the 1st floor which I found easily, and which opened first time with the key card, always a bonus.
The room was nice while being a little odd. For example the bed was the comfiest, fluffiest thing I have ever slept on, and had I not been a little bit gymnastic I might have had trouble getting out in the morning since Iīd sunk so far into the middle of it I literally had to vault out. There was a large wardrobe, a good sized regal writing desk, all mahogany to match the rest of the room, and a comfy chair too, in case you didnīt want to brave that bed except at sleepy time. The bathroom was very clean and had lovely lux toiletries which I have now transported to my Valencian bathroom to spruce the place up a bit, and there was a full length mirror in the bedroom part which I didnīt appreciate as much as I should have done since Iīm now living with just a tiny thing of the sink here in Spain.
Now the odd stuff: the door to the room opened right into the room, with no sort of hallway or entry area. I could literally lie on the bed and open the door if I stretched well enough, which was a bit odd. Also the view was nothing to write home about - their long stay carpark and and old abanded aeroplane. Lastly there is a minibar, but they donīt like you to use it for your own stuff as well and claim it is "sensitive" to things being removed, which isnīt odd, but is slightly annoying.
The hotel is situated across the road from a retail park where I went to while away a few hours after I managed to navigate the slightly dangerous road crossing. It has a couple of restaurants and an M&S Simply Food too, which proved handy since I didnīt really want to eat in the hotel restaurant alone (the menu is quite small, not all that veggie and understandably expensive, ditto the room service).
Hotel residents also have access to the David Lloyd gym and pool next door, for which you have to collect towels at the hotel reception (hence the queue earlier), but I wasnīt staying long enough to check this out. I thought this was a great perk though, and much better than the usual mouldy pools and bike-and-treadmill "gym" you often get in hotels. Had I not had an early morning flight I might have gone for a swim pre-breakfast as the place opens very early, even on Easter Sunday.
I had a good nightīs sleep, despite the various parties and events the hotel appeared to be hosting (I could hear my neighbours, but never any planes), and the next morning my automated wake up call came spot on time. Breakfast at the weekend only starts at 7am which was a shame since a lot of guests had early check ins at the airport, and an early (continental) option would have been nice. I wasnīt going to forgoe breakfast though since the buffet is my favourite part of any hotel stay, so I was there as soon as it opened, and ate steadily for 15 minutes. The choice, as you would expect from a Marriott, was phenomenal, and my only regret was that I couldnīt stay longer. In addition to the usual carniverous English breakfast stuff, the had a whole array of croissants and pastries, belgian waffles with chocolate sauce, cereal bars, mini muffins, fresh rolls, cheese, you get the picture. No Nutella or peanut butter here, but they did have Bon Maman honey which Iīve never seen before.
I checked out early but could have kept the room until noon. I booked a place on the bus back to the airport, as directed on check in, but turned out to be the only person on it again. Both the driver and the reception staff were courteous and friendly, while the restaurant staff could use a brief refresher in how to tell guests breakfastīs not quite ready yet without using the words "Go and sit in the bar. Itīll be a bit yet".
I paid 70GBP for a night including breakfast, and 2 people could have stayed for that rate. Booking through Quidco, I also got cash back. Considering it is an "airport" hotel that is reasonable, especially when you consider the excellent fitness facilities and lovely breakfast buffet. For me it was much preferable to getting an early bus from Manchester, and cost about the same as a taxi which was my only other alrernative (and would also have been at stupid o clock).
Summary: A well located and reasonably priced airport hotel
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